Sophie Knight

For Sophie Knight's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The vagina, in all its 'obscene' glory

/ May 7, 2016

The vagina, in all its 'obscene' glory

You've probably heard of Japanese artist known as Rokudenashiko ("good for nothing girl"), who was arrested in 2014 for sending the 3-D data of her genitals to patrons of her successful crowdfunding campaign to create a vagina-shaped kayak. And although the Japanese-language press echoed the ...

Underneath the 'Orientalist' kimono

Jul 18, 2015

Underneath the 'Orientalist' kimono

Is it "racist" for non-Japanese to wear kimono? That question has been fiercely debated since protesters entered Boston's Museum of Fine Arts in late June to decry an exhibition encouraging visitors to try on a red uchikake kimono in front of a 1876 painting ...

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

Jan 9, 2015

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

It's January. The bars are empty and the gyms are full of people with good intentions. By February or March, of course, that situation will reverse, as new year resolutions begin to flag and it becomes increasingly difficult to justify that extortionate gym membership. Like ...

As mobile arm struggles, Sony looks to PlayStation

/ | Sep 19, 2014

As mobile arm struggles, Sony looks to PlayStation

The head of Sony Corp.'s PlayStation division hopes to raise its profit outlook for this year, in stark contrast to the electronics firm's mobile business, which has forecast deep losses and sent Sony's stock reeling. With Sony's three core electronics businesses — the third is ...

Mt. Gox CEO Karpeles sought both control, escape

/ Apr 21, 2014

Mt. Gox CEO Karpeles sought both control, escape

In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". During an online chat, ...